February 23rd 2002

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COVER STORY: New Zealand's Economic U-Turn

Reality finally bites Democrats' leader

Family First rises, Democrats fall, in South Australia poll

2002 NCC National Conference - Building the Movement

Straws in the Wind: Andersen's Fairy Tales / Flying / Out of Africa

New Zealand to vote on new Constitution?

Bioethics: Cloning concerns must be addressed

Letters: "Booming" economy?

Letters: Politics to blame

Letters: Hot air

Letters: True ALP position

Media: Cross-media ownership laws / Negative coverage?

United States: Is the terrorist threat being politicised?

Economics: Privatisation - essential component of globalisation

Law: Abortion link to breast cancer victory

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Letters: Hot air

by Peter Golding

News Weekly, February 23, 2002


Dr Peter Carter calls for News Weekly to stick to the facts when discussing population policy and global warming. Dr Carter’s own letter, however, contained a litany of discredited theories and propositions, particularly in relation to global warming.

For a start, when scientists are given "the blow torch to the belly treatment", they are forced to admit that there is no hard scientific evidence to link any change in weather patterns to global warming. They then serve up glib lines about scientific consensus.

Dr Carter should not need to be reminded that science is a facts-based discipline. It is not based on "consensus" or "balance of probabilities".

Furthermore, we cannot hang our hats on CSIRO predictions when they contain caveats about being based on computer modelling and that no responsibility will be accepted for any errors.

The only reliable method of measuring atmospheric temperatures is with satellites and these show virtually no warming over the last ten years. Suggestions that the planet is warming must be based on speculation simply because a third of the world’s countries cannot provide any reliable historical data on temperatures.

The Australian Government has so far refused to ratify the Kyoto Treaty on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and rightly so. Environmental zealots like to portray Australians as amongst the worst per capita polluters in the world.

What they conveniently forget to mention, however, is that, because of our small population, we are responsible for less than 1.5 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions.

The state of Australia’s manufacturing industry has been well documented in News Weekly. Ratification of Kyoto would increase the costs of energy, resulting in the export of even more manufacturing jobs to developing countries, which have no obligations under Kyoto.

Perhaps Dr Carter would like to explain how this will help technical innovation and jobs. Two countries, China and India, account for 35 per cent of the world’s population.These and other developing countries have no obligations under Kyoto and will continue to emit greenhouse gases at increasing rates.

Even if developed countries ratify the treaty and reduce emissions, Kyoto will still be as effective as a fly wire door on a submarine. 19,000 scientists in the USA have signed a petition labelling Kyoto a fraudulent con. They are correct.

I will leave readers with a question to ponder.

Our weather bureaus have the latest and best technology available. Yet they continually fail to accurately predict the weather forecast for the next seven days. Why, then, should we believe scientists or environmental groups that want to tell us what the prevailing climatic conditions will be 10, 20 or 50 years hence?

Peter Golding,
Burwood, Vic

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